Hi all! A few weeks ago I purchased my first English tack set and switched over to English with my 5yr old mare.
Here's the thread: Is my horse collecting? *Videos*
that explains our story and what I wanted to do with her, etc.
Anyways, our first few rides went alright - my boots or square saddle pad hadn't come yet so I was sort of just messing around with English, trying to get the feel for the saddle and whatnot.
I have to admit, my balance was pretty bad at first. I could hardly trot without slipping all over - much less post or canter!
Earlier this week my Ariat half chaps & boots, saddle pad, and polos came in the mail so I got my first taste of riding English 'properly.'
I know I can't expect.. too much? at first with my mare, since she's new to English as well, but sometimes I find it hard to get both impulsion (or probably what I think of as speed) and collection at the same time. Roxy had a wonderful slow jog that she learned for western, and she was finally starting to use her back (see link above).
But that's much too slow to get a post off of - but when I ask her to speed up, she pulls her head up again and I can post, but I feel like she gets stiff. Then when I ask her to collect and use her hind end she slows down again.
I know it'll take time, but does anyone have any advice? How can I get her to collect and use her back while still keeping the forward movement?
I think we have improved a bit from our first ride - please, feel free to give me any advice or if you notice something I should change. Keep in mind that it was one of our first rides ;)
I am going to be taking lessons once a week or so starting Monday (4/8) so
I'll be able to ask for her advice too
This is from our very first ride, in February:
And then this morning: Roxy [English] - YouTube
And I also tried trotting poles to get her to extend, she loves them!
Andd one of our portraits, just for fun ;)
Thanks in advance!